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Hawks 2s beat Edinburgh Accies

2 weeks ago By Hugh Barrow

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Hawks 2’s XV maintained their 100% record at home against an Edinburgh Accies team that were sitting above Hawks in 3rd position.

Hawks started brightly venturing into the opposition 22m and set up a rolling maul. A score looked imminent however when Boyer received the ball from the forwards his pass was intercepted and only good cover defence prevented the score before a knock on gave possession back to Hawks.

Erland Oag, who was a thorn in the Accies defence all day, broke from deep and it looked like Hawks were to score their first try however the ball was lost in contact and Accies cleared their lines.

A well constructed counter attack seen James Couper go over in the corner however he was adjudged to have a foot in touch.

It was just a matter of time before Hawks took one of their opportunities and it was a score for Jack Steele after a break from Peter Steele and great support and link play from Brodie and Milne. Steele failed to convert his try attempt making the score 5-0.

Hawks gathered possession from the kickoff and Oag made another break into Accies territory before offloading to the ever present Brodie who linked well with captain Henderson and a certain score went a begging after a dropped ball from David Milne.

After Accies exited from their try line they regained possession and the ball went wide and they looked to have Hawks under pressure however their winger lost the ball and it was picked by Pete Steele who offloaded to Erland Oag to coast in under the posts. Oag then converted his try with a drop goal. 12-0.

The ball was retrieved from the kickoff and Hawks exited into the Accies half. Hawks were awarded a scrum in their 22 and looked to run from deep however Boyer’s pass was intercepted and the Accies player went under the posts to make the score 12-7.

Hawks made sure there was no momentum swing and continued to put the Edinburgh men under constant pressure after Brodie made another great support line which took play deep into the Accies 22. However an attempted intercept resulted in a knock on into touch prevented another score.

From the resulting lineout Hawks mauled to just short of the try line. After a series of pick and go’s Boyer made amends for his previous mistake by diving over for the score to make it 19-7.

Hawks were ruthless in their attack and it was this time Calum Harrisons turn to break into the Accies half before offloading to Halafihi who in turn gave the ball to Jack Steele. He fed his fellow Pethshire man Oag who darted up the touchline evading and breaking through potential tacklers before going in for the score. Steele converted to make it 26-5.

Accies began to string some phases together however the Hawks defence was resolute and they had to settle for kicking to corners after struggling to make any inroads. Just before half time Accies ball retention was rewarded after pressure in the Hawks 22 resulted in a score to make it 26-12 at half time.

After the half Hawks started well with Boyer making a clever offload to Nwosu-Hope who strolled in untouched underneath the posts to make the score 33-12.

Nwosu-Hope looked to have scored again after another half break from Boyer seen him link with Milne who fed Coupor who was tackled. Hooker Rodgers put in a grubber kick for Theo to touch down however it was crossed off as he was adjudged to have pushed the defender in the back before grounding the ball.

Accies were forced to try run the ball from deep to try and get themselves back into the game however Hawks defence was solid throughout with Accies running out of ideas and losing the ball in contact.
Hawks entered the 22 again and smart thinking from Oag seen him pick the ball and dart through the ruck before offloading to Halafihi who scored next to the posts. 40-12.

The final score of the day will be a contender for try of the season after a 1st phase move from off the training ground resulted in a score for Peffers who also converted his own score from out wide to make it 47-12.

Accies looked to have the final say with constant pressure in the Hawks 22 however the defence held firm and prevented another score.

A huge shift from all involved and Hawks class shone through. The depth in the Hawks squad is becoming apparent with a number of boys moving between squads seamlessly and pushing for places. An outstanding performance from Erland Oag however the Man of the Match has to go to Craig Brodie for his tireless work and support play throughout the game.

This week Hawks travel to Balerno to take on the Currie Chieftans and back up a win from the previous week for the first time this season.

Updated 12:56 - 8 Oct 2017 by Hugh Barrow

Where next?

Hawks 2s win at Balerno Bonus wins for 2nds
Offside Line reports from Malleny Park Stuart Bathgate on a match of two halves

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